Milwaukee Bucks: What’s trending through first two weeks of season

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The new-look Milwaukee Bucks’ 3 point percentage has been a rising trend.

After ranking third in total made 3-pointers last season, the Bucks looked to overhaul their shooting in the offseason. That was made with improving their 3-point efficiency, which ranked 18th in the league at 35.5 percent.

Letting it fly hasn’t been a problem for the Bucks under head coach Mike Budenholzer. While it’s early, this year’s Bucks team has shown that letting it fly may come with better results than what we’ve seen over the last two seasons. Clearly, hitting an NBA-record 29 threes in their 47-point victory over the Heat last week showed the new firepower we’re getting accustomed to seeing to start the season.

While expecting the Bucks to break 3-point shooting records every night is impossible, their three victories have seen them hit 20 or more threes in each game. That has been coupled with strong shooting performances in their loss to the Celtics (40 percent) and the Heat (39 percent) and a truly dismal 7-for-38 night in their 20-point loss to the Knicks.

Still, the Bucks currently lead the league in 3-point percentage (43.9 percent) at this early stage of the season. As we’re seeing in the case of DiVincenzo as well as Pat Connaughton, the Bucks are making huge strides internally shooting the ball and many of their additions from the offseason like Bryn Forbes and Bobby Portis have had little trouble fitting in with the Bucks’ system in this regard.

Needless to say, there’s a special brew going on with the Bucks and their perimeter shooting so far.